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I first created this site back in 1998 to document the wild plants that I encountered.  But it has grown into a clearinghouse of information on landscaping, backyard birds, butterfly gardening, plant identification and making paper from plant fiber. After leaving Kansas, I thought of deleting the site. But realize it has a wealth of information that people rely upon.

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Yard Insects

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All of these photos are of various insects other than butterflies that have been attracted to my yard. Using native plants is the best way to attract beneficial native insects. Planting a variety of different plants from different plant families will create a diverse habitat for wildlife.

Amorpha Borer (Megacyllene decora) http://bugguide.net/node/view/29439

large black ant https://bugguide.net/node/view/28744

Anthophila (Apoidea) bee, http://bugguide.net/node/view/8267

anthophila bee on rattlesnake master, http://bugguide.net/node/view/8267

very small bee at clammy weed

gorgeous bee fly https://bugguide.net/node/view/40602

bee fly on snow on the mountain

bee fly on snow on the mountain

bee with white abdomen on monarda

goldenrod soldier beetle https://bugguide.net/node/view/438

immature blue fronted dancer damselfly on rattlesnake master, http://bugguide.net/node/view/2642

bumble bee on Pitcher's clematis, http://bugguide.net/node/view/8267

bumble bee on Sullivant's milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/3077

bush cicada https://bugguide.net/node/view/45379

Female Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) http://bugguide.net/node/view/4821

black carpenter bee on american bellflower, http://bugguide.net/node/view/262

Carpenter bee at beebalm, http://bugguide.net/node/view/262

common green bottle fly https://bugguide.net/node/view/53775

common whitetail dragonfly https://bugguide.net/node/view/603

common whitetail dragonfly (male) https://bugguide.net/node/view/603

dogday cicada https://bugguide.net/node/view/1099330

male Eastern Cicada Killer (Sphecius speciosus) http://bugguide.net/node/view/514

male Eastern Cicada Killer (Sphecius speciosus) http://bugguide.net/node/view/514

female eastern forktail damselfly on beebalm https://bugguide.net/node/view/4983

eastern yellow jacket wasp https://bugguide.net/node/view/11564

flatid planthopper, http://bugguide.net/node/view/104

flatid planthopper, http://bugguide.net/node/view/104


Fragile Forktail Damselfly https://bugguide.net/node/view/604

Great black digger wasp on mountain mint, http://bugguide.net/node/view/5530

Great black digger wasp on mountain mint, http://bugguide.net/node/view/5530

Great black digger wasp, http://bugguide.net/node/view/5530

great black digger wasp on rattlesnake master

great black digger wasp on clammyweed

Great Golden Digger Wasp on rattlesnake master https://bugguide.net/node/view/414

Great golden digger wasp on rattlesnake master, http://bugguide.net/node/view/414

Ivory marked beetle (Eburia quadrigeminata) http://bugguide.net/node/view/45164

Japanese beetle, alien pest, http://bugguide.net/node/view/473

katydid, http://bugguide.net/node/view/164

katydid, http://bugguide.net/node/view/164

large milkweed bug on butterfly milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/504

leafcutter bee on butterfly milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/7751

leafcutter bee work on tick clover

leafcutter bee work on tickclover (Desmodium), I wonder if they prefer the sticky desmodium leaves, as no other plants were cut.

Megachile (leaf cutting and resin bees) http://bugguide.net/node/view/7751 on rattlesnake master

leaf cutting bee work on paw pa

Leaf-footed bug http://bugguide.net/node/view/93

leaf miner work

leaf skeletonizing beetle on prickly ash, http://bugguide.net/node/view/127900

longlegged fly sunning itself on climbing milkweed leaf, http://bugguide.net/node/view/529075

Longhorn beetle

Longhorn beetle https://bugguide.net/node/view/168847

milkweed bugs on swamp milkweed pod

obscure bird grasshopper (Schistocerca obscura) http://bugguide.net/node/view/5009

oleander aphids on milkweed vine https://bugguide.net/node/view/6167

Oleander aphids on climbing milkweed

Paper wasp (Polistes metricus) http://bugguide.net/node/view/60264

picture winged fly on common milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/5918/bgpage

Potter and Mason Wasp http://bugguide.net/node/view/249

Potter and Mason Wasp http://bugguide.net/node/view/249

red banded leafhopper https://bugguide.net/node/view/518

red milkweed beetle on common milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/2966

Robber fly, http://bugguide.net/node/view/151

Sand wasp on rattlesnake master, http://bugguide.net/node/view/6140

small bee on milkweed

sweat bee on beebalm, http://bugguide.net/node/view/128

Syrphid fly larva eating aphids on butterfly milkweed pod

Syrphid maggot (upper left) dining on Oleander aphids dining on common milkweed

thread-waisted wasp on rattlesnake master, http://bugguide.net/node/view/2939

tomentose burying beetle (was found under dead shrew) https://bugguide.net/node/view/28744

twolined spittlebug, http://bugguide.net/node/view/517

two spotted longhorn bee, Melissodes bimaculata http://bugguide.net/node/view/69274 on american bellflower

umbrella paper wasp https://bugguide.net/node/view/2016760

widow skimmer dragonfly on carex, http://bugguide.net/node/view/342795

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